June 6, 2015 in the

Ernest A. Johnson Tunnel

Lincoln Square, Worcester

Photographs courtesy of Louie Despres


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Ammi B. Young Sponsor

The original section of our Worcester County Courthouse was designed by Ammi B. Young.


Commerce Bank

Winn Companies


Horatio Tower Sponsor

Horatio Tower built the earliest section of the Courthouse at a cost of $100,000.


Brady Sullivan Properties

The Hanover Insurance Group Foundation

Lamoureux Pagano & Associates, Architects

Raymond James Restoration


Stephen Earle Sponsor

Stephen Earle designed many Worcester buildings including the Central Congregational Church.


ART Engineering

Bartholomew & Company

Dellbrook Construction

Eversource Energy

Gilbane Building Company

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

MCPHS University

Mirick O'Connell

RE/MAX Vision


Courthouse Patrons

Charlie and Janet Birbara

Karin Branscombe

Frank Carroll

Richard and Barbara Cerny

Tom and Robyn Conroy

Tim Corrinet and Chris McGovern

Dick and Tommy Dearborn

Seth and Ann Derderian

Michael and Coreen Gaffney

John Giangregorio

Allen and Lisa Greenman

Abe and Linda Haddad

Matthew Kamins and Lauren Banciulescu

Jim and Arlette Lynch

Mass Liquors
Tim and Pamela McCann

Don and Mickie Nelson

Steve and Cindy Pitcher

Stuart Sadick

Mark Spuria

George and Lynne Tonna

Webster Five

Jim Welu



Worcester Memorial Auditorium Patrons

Matt Brassard

Marilynn Hahn Borst

Jeff Cronin

Phyllis Harrington

Michelle May

Peg Naylor

Deborah Packard

Katharine Perkins

Bonnie Prescott




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Photos taken by Ed Collier, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 2006

With the pending sale of the Liberty Church (former Chestnut Street Church) at 5 Chestnut Street, Preservation Worcester requested to see the gargoyles that were supposed to be stored in the church basement. In a 2006 agreement between the Church and the City of Worcester, the Worcester Historical Commission agreed to the removal of the gargoyles with the condition that the gargoyles would be stored in the church basement until such a time when the towers would be rebuilt and the gargoyles returned to the Church. Much to our surprise and dismay, the gargoyles were not in the basement and our search began.

The fate of the missing gargoyles caught international media attention: T&G, Boston Globe, NBC News 7, the BBC, the Canadian Broadcast System, Washington Post, Fox News, New Zealand Herald, San Francisco Gate, Mainichi Daily News Japan, the Las Vegas Sun and many, many more. The media attention generated many leads, and we are actively trying to locate the eight 3,000 pound gargoyles.

The gargoyles belong to the Church and the city. It is our goal and desire to have them returned to their owner. Please help us find them!

Clock Tower Monument

These photographs were taken on October 17, 2014 and are the most recent photos provided by the Department of Capital and Asset Management that show the progress in stonework being done on the Clock Tower.  We will keep you posted on as work continues.

Fire Alarm & Telegraph Buillding

Architect's rendering of the future parking lot at the Fire Alarm & Telegraph Building.

Photograph of the future parking lot at the Fire Alarm & Telegraph Building taken June 25, 2014.

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The mission of Preservation Worcester is to preserve for future generations the sites and structures which are significant to the culture, history, and architecture of the city and to encourage excellence in future design.

Preservation Worcester is a private, not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to the preservation of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods which represent the culture, history, and architecture of Worcester, Massachusetts.

Preservation Worcester believes that protecting the best of Worcester’s architectural heritage and promoting good design encourages community pride and identity.

To further its goals, Preservation Worcester works with neighborhood groups, developers, city departments, schools, and state and local historical commissions.


Restored Clock on Foster Street The Harrington Building  Walking Tour at Higgins House, WPI